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The impact of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also visible in the Amarnath Yatra. The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Rural Development is not only sensitizing pilgrims to avoid the use of plastic and polyethylene to make the Yatra free of rubbish, but is also cleaning up rubbish from the entire Yatra route. Recyclable machinery is also used for waste disposal. From it manure is being prepared. Startup Swaha volunteers are also committed to RDD to make this campaign a success.
Mandeep Kaur, secretary of the Department of Rural Development, Jammu and Kashmir, says that this year, under the Swachh Bharat mission, it was decided to keep the Amarath Yatra completely free of rubbish. Its implication behind this is to make travel exemplary along with the protection of nature, mountains and glaciers. We are also raising awareness among devotees. Some messages have also been prepared for this … ‘This is God’s house, we will not get dirty’, ‘Om Jai Shiv Omkara, he will wipe out Sara’s rubbish’. Charanjit Singh, director of the Department of Rural Development and Sanitation, says the department is committed to keeping the Yatra completely free of disposable polyethylene and disposable plastic. Awareness of langar leaders walking the yatra route is being sensitized. Its purpose is to maintain the sanctity of this place.
Garbage is recycled in two to three hours
Samir Sharma, co-founder of Swaha, an organization associated with the plan, says no residue will be allowed to enter the land. It will be recycled. The compost made from the waste will be useful to farmers and the local council. To this end, segregation units (organic waste is separated by separating plastics) and processing units have been installed in situ. All garbage is being collected and recycled in just two or three hours from the tour. Every year 500 tons of garbage are generated during the Amarath Yatra. This time it is estimated that about 800 tons of garbage will be generated.
Packets of organic manure will be distributed among the devotees
The compost that is prepared from the dumping of waste lasts eight days and in the coming days will be distributed among the devotees packages of organic manure made with the waste. Dheeraj, a devotee who came from Pathankot, said: “The yatra route is being cleared. Garbage is being thrown away. I arrived before that in 2007 and since then there are four times as many cleanings today. Not only the government but also the people of Bhandara have brought their own sanitation workers.A lot of people are seen clearing the yatra track.
400 volunteers work there
The garbage-free campaign is underway on the Yatra route from Pahalgam and Baltal base camp to the sacred cave and so a total of 400 volunteers have been hired who are helping in this task. Apart from waste, work is also being done on the use of solar energy. Solar hubs have been installed on the Yatra route. Through this, the Department of Rural Development is busy making Yatra pollution free from all points of view. These solar concentrators will be useful for heating milk, water, boiling rice, Maggi, potatoes. Both models have been installed in community and domestic base camps.